Honey Grove Signal-Citizen, May 11, 1945
Prayer Service Held on Plaza in Honey Grove Tuesday Morn
The greatest war in history is over in Europe. Germany surrendered unconditionallly Monday at 2:41 a.m. The surrender took place at a red little school house which is the headquarters of General Eisenhower.
At 8 o'clock Tuesday morning, May 8, President Harry S. Truman issued the official proclamation declaring that war in Germany had ceased and the country had capitulated.
Immediately following the official announcement, Honey Grove people heard sirens, bells tolling and chimes sending forth tones of "Onward, Christian Soldiers," there being signals for the citizenship to gather for prayer. A large crowd was present on the south side of the public plaza for the religious service of thanksgiving. The following program was observed, with Dr. O. P. Neilson as master of ceremonies:
"America," lead by T. G. Lane.
Prayer - Rev. T. J. Watts
"Blessings of the Past," - E. A. Barker
"Blessings of the Present," - Dr. J. Thompson Baker.
"Faith of Our Fathers."
"Blessings of the Future" - J. Tal Richardson
"Onward, Christian Soldiers"
Benediction - Rev. A. H. Logan
Churches of the city were open all day for special prayer services and services were held at 8 o'clock Tuesday evening. All places of business were closed during the day.
Includes those who died while in service, even if not in Action. These lists are under development. Please let us know if you have names to be added. Thanks to Freida Moreland for helping with this project.
Bishop, Grover B. (son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Bishop, Ladonia, husband of the former Johnnie Hillard, Ladonia. Attended Ladonia schools. Was at Hawaii at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack. Killed Dec. 1941 of the Pearl Harbor attack. Was the first World War II casualty from Fannin County)
Covington, Jack Baker (a graduate of Honey Grove High School. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eli J. Covington, lived in Texarkana at the time of his death)
Dawson, Andrew B. (Per the Bonham Daily Favorite, March 5, 1944, Private Andrew B. Dawson, son of Amy M. Dawson, living a few miles northeast of Honey Grove, died January 12, 1944 in a hospital at Brisbane, Australia, from natural causes. Burial was in Australia.)
Edens, Willie (attended Flag Springs and Windom Schools. The son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Edens who lived in Windom at the time of his death. Killed Jan. 22, 1944 in Italy at Anzio Beach Head. Buried in Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno Italy)
Edwards, Roy F. (son of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Edwards, Ladonia. Attended Flagg Springs and Bartley Woods schools. Killed December 13, 1941 in Italy)
Hatfield, Jack Gerald, Fireman, U.S. Navy Reserve. His death date is November 18, 1944.
Kilpatrick, J. C. (son of Mr. and Mrs. U. B. Kilpatrick, attended Honey Grove High School. Killed in Action Nov., 1944 in France)
McCown, William H. (The son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. McCown, Honey Grove. Attended Honey Grove School.
Brantley, Frances E.
Robinson, William M. (son of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Robinson, who was shot down at Meresberg, Germany. Liberated at Schiverin, Germany on May 2, 1945 by the Eighth Armored American Division)